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Power Play

Power Play is an option that players can add to their Powerball ticket to multiply the value of non-jackpot prizes. During each Powerball draw on Wednesday and Saturday nights, a separate Power Play number is drawn ahead of the main numbers.

Everyone who opted-in to Power Play and who wins a non-jackpot prize has it multiplied by that figure. The only exception is the Match 5 prize of $1 million, which becomes $2 million for Power Play ticket holders, no matter which number is drawn.

You add Power Play when you buy a Powerball ticket by checking the box on your playslip and paying an additional $1 per line. You cannot play it separately and you cannot opt in later. You do not need to pick an extra number to participate in Power Play; the number drawn applies to all players who took up the option.

Power Play Multipliers

The Power Play can provide 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x the value of non-jackpot prizes, although the 10x multiplier is only available when the jackpot is worth less than $150 million.

Here are the Power Play multipliers, the odds of each being drawn, and the effect they have on a Match 4+1 prize of $50,000.

Power Play Multipliers and Odds
Multiplier: X2 X3 X4 X5 X10
Odds 1 in 1.79 1 in 3.31 1 in 14.33 1 in 21.5 1 in 43
Payout on Match 4+1
Prizes of $50,000
$100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000

Power Play Prizes

For an extra $1 per play, ticket holders can participate in Power Play. The table below demonstrates how much you could win if your prize is multiplied:

Power Play Multiplier Prize Levels
Prize Tier Base Prize Amount Power Play x 2 Power Play x 3 Power Play x 4 Power Play x 5 Power Play x 10
Match 5 + Powerball Jackpot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Match 5* $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Match 4 + Powerball $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
Match 4 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1000
Match 3 + Powerball $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1000
Match 3 $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
Match 2 + Powerball $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
Match 1 + Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
Match Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
*A Power Play Match 5 prize will be set at $2,000,000 regardless of the Power Play number drawn.

When 10x Multiplier is in Place

The 10x Power Play multiplier is available when the Powerball jackpot is worth $150 million or less.

Power Play 10x Multiplier Odds
Power Play Multiplier Odds
10x 1 in 43
5x 1 in 21.5
4x 1 in 14.33
3x 1 in 3.31
2x 1 in 1.79

When 10x Multiplier is Not in Place

The 10x multiplier is not available when the Powerball jackpot is worth more than $150 million.

Powerball’s Power Play add-on multiplies the value of non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times, depending on which Power Play number is drawn.

Draw Date

Jackpot Winners

Match 5 +
Power Play

$2 Million Winners

Match 5

$1 Million Winners

  • Winning Numbers
  • Past Drawings
  • Total Winners

Total Number of Winners

Match
POWERBALL
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Power Play
  • N/A
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

There are 9 ways to win a prize in Powerball®.
All prizes are set cash amounts, except the Grand Prize.
In California, prize payout amounts are pari-mutuel and determined by sales and the number of winners.

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
Power Play 2x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $100,000
  • $200
  • $200
  • $14
  • $14
  • $8
  • $8
Power Play 3x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $150,000
  • $300
  • $300
  • $21
  • $21
  • $12
  • $12
Power Play 4x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $200,000
  • $400
  • $400
  • $28
  • $28
  • $16
  • $16
Power Play 5x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $250,000
  • $500
  • $500
  • $35
  • $35
  • $20
  • $20
Power Play 10x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $500,000
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
  • $70
  • $70
  • $40
  • $40

Powerball Prizes

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
Power Play 2x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $100,000
  • $200
  • $200
  • $14
  • $14
  • $8
  • $8
Power Play 3x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $150,000
  • $300
  • $300
  • $21
  • $21
  • $12
  • $12
Power Play 4x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $200,000
  • $400
  • $400
  • $28
  • $28
  • $16
  • $16
Power Play 5x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $250,000
  • $500
  • $500
  • $35
  • $35
  • $20
  • $20
Power Play 10x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $500,000
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
  • $70
  • $70
  • $40
  • $40

Powerball Odds

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
  • 1 in 292,201,338.00
  • 1 in 11,688,053.52
  • 1 in 913,129.18
  • 1 in 36,525.17
  • 1 in 14,494.11
  • 1 in 579.76
  • 1 in 701.33
  • 1 in 91.98
  • 1 in 38.32

Odds When 10X Multiplier is Available

POWER PLAY
  • 10x
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 2x
PRIZE TIMES POWER PLAY
  • Prize Won Times 10
  • Prize Won Times 5
  • Prize Won Times 4
  • Prize Won Times 3
  • Prize Won Times 2
  • 1 in 43
  • 1 in 21.5
  • 1 in 14.33
  • 1 in 3.31
  • 1 in 1.79

Odds When 10X Multiplier is Not Available

POWER PLAY
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 2x
PRIZE TIMES POWER PLAY
  • Prize Won Times 5
  • Prize Won Times 4
  • Prize Won Times 3
  • Prize Won Times 2
  • 1 in 21
  • 1 in 14
  • 1 in 3.23
  • 1 in 1.75

Powerball® costs $2 per play.

Select five numbers from 1 to 69 for the white balls; then select one number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball.

Choose your numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers.

The Powerball jackpot grows until it is won.

Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win.

Where

Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands!

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

Sales cut-off times vary by one to two hours before the drawing, depending on the selling jurisdiction.

To find out where to watch the drawings, click here.

Power Play

Ask for Power Play® with your Powerball purchase!

For an additional $1 per play, the Power Play feature can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times!

The multiplier number is randomly selected just before each drawing.

The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.

The Match 5 prize with Power Play is always $2 million.

Multi-Draw

Play the same set of numbers in multiple drawings!

Select the number of consecutive drawings you want to play in the Multi-Draw or Advance Play section of your play slip or tell the retailer how many drawings you wish to play.

The number of Multi-Draws or Advance Plays available for purchase is dependent on the selling jurisdiction.

How TALL

A Powerball jackpot of $40 million may not seem like much, but ask yourself this – is $40 million really a small amount of money? Is the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. a small building?

If you were to stack $100 bills, take a look at the heights the money would reach at each estimated jackpot amount.

Draw Date Jackpot Winners Match 5 + Power Play $2 Million Winners Match 5 $1 Million Winners Winning Numbers Past Drawings Total Winners Total Number of ]]>